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Bangkok First Global City with Top 25 Restaurants Guide by Travelindex

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 1, 2017 (Travelindex) – Travelindex launched today its first Top 25 Restaurants City Guide by Restaurant Rating Index. Bangkok as the top tourism destination in Mastercard’s annual travel index, 20 million overnight visitors and a very diverse and dynamic dining scene was the perfect choice for this first restaurant city guide.

From Michelin-star quality tasting menus to exquisite Thai food or the best sushi you’ll ever have, Bangkok is a gourmet heaven. The city is also the top-ranked destination city by international overnight visitors and Travelindex decided to launch its First Global Restaurant City Guide with the Top 25 Restaurants in the Thai capital.

Restaurant ratings and reviews are critical in the consumer decision making process. The Top 25 Restaurants Guide is based on Travelindex owned and patented, “Restaurant Rating Index”. The 3-tier rating combines the power of crowd wisdom (social media and review sites) with artificial intelligence behavioral algorithms and a zest of human expertise from some of the world’s top culinary experts. The result, the Restaurant Rating Index (RRI), a true and objective measuring standard on a scale between 1 and 100, where 100 is best.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said “How often are you asked by your friends for restaurant recommendations? Existing guides and websites offer either too much choice, and one gets frustrated by the many layers to go through, or restaurants on curated sites tend to be expensive with Michelin-star quality of cooking and a price tag to match. Our aim, with the Top 25 Restaurants guide series, is to give, diners and foodies alike a tool to fast and easily match their aspirations, location and budget.”

Bernard added “Bangkok is the first in our new series of restaurant city guides and in fact our team of experts is already working on the Singapore and Hong Kong editions”.

The Bangkok guide ranked L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the Michelin star world champion, in the top spot while Savelberg, another Michelin star regular and Sra Bua a Thai restaurant offering a modern interpretation of Thai cuisine take respectively second and third positions.

The Top 25 Restaurants Guide brings together not only gourmet dining but the best of all cuisines, with every establishment chosen first and foremost for the quality of cooking. The diversity of cuisine is reflected in the ranking, from the classic French and Italian to hyper-local Thai food restaurant Bo.lan, to Middle Eastern inspired at House on Sathorn and modern American at Bunker. To discover all 25 top restaurants in Bangkok, please visit

About Travelindex
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Since 2013 Travelindex has spearheaded the development of the “Travel Rating Index” a system and platform measuring objectively, in the same way across the world, criteria important for travelers. Travelindex puts a priority in the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill. Travelindex is a UNWTO World Tourism Organization Affiliate Member. Website:

Top 25 Restaurants aims to guide and assist diners to find, in every city and every day of the year, the restaurant matching their aspirations, location and budget. To deliver a true and objective measuring standard Travelindex has develop its own and unique “Restaurant Rating Index” (RRI) combining the power of a mathematical algorithm driven by artificial intelligence and re-assessed through the human discernment of some of the world’s top culinary experts. Website:

Travelindex Endorsed as World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Member

Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO and Bernard Metzger, Founder of TravelindexMadrid (Spain) – September 26, 2017 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) officially approved Travelindex affiliate membership application, adding to a group whose members include such prestigious institutions as CNN, World Tourism Forum Lucerne, Club Med, European Travel Commission, International Air Transport Association (IATA), Hong Kong Tourism Board, Amadeus, George Washington University, Colorado State University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – School of Hotel and Tourism Management (HTM).

The Travelindex application for UNWTO Affiliate Membership has been approved by the Executive Council at its 106th session, and has been ratified at the 22nd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly held in September 2017 in Chengdu, China. The UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme recognizes the great potential in collaborating with organizations in generating global sustainable wealth through enhanced tourism knowledge, ethical and responsible principles and joint initiatives.

“We’re truly honored to have been approved as a UNWTO Affiliate Member and to become part of an incredible array of passionate organizations, destinations, NGOs and educational institutions all committed to the UNWTO Mission of promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.” said Mr Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex.

Bernard added “We’re thrilled to be a part of the UNWTO family which will provide an unrivalled opportunity to share and exchange best practice with other members, as well as jointly participate in projects, events and other mutual learning activities. At the same time, through active participation, we’ll be able to share our expertise and experience helping destinations and organizations across the world develop and evolve digital cultures.”

About the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world. UNWTO’s membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 500 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. For more, visit

About Travelindex:
Our vision is to become the de-facto digital connectivity node for the travel and tourism industry. The Travelindex portfolio of products includes over 70 destination reference tools and one of the world’s largest, open and curated, database on travel and tourism covering 241 countries and territories. Our integrated platform is fast emerging as the central channel in destination and travel knowledge. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill. For more, visit

Tourism Leader Meet During the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand) – April 28, 2017 (travelindex) – Some the most influential business executives in the travel and tourism industry have converged on Bangkok for the World Travel and Tourism Council’s 2017 Global Summit. The WTTC Global Summit addresses the issues which affect the sector as a whole, for an invitation-only audience. The Summit kicked off with the launch of the ‘Is It Too Much To Ask’ advocacy campaign, calling on individuals and Travel & Tourism organisations to commit to tackling the issues currently facing the sector and the planet.

The WTTC Global Summit is an event for the leaders of the Travel and Tourism sector, who gather each year, to meet and share their views and insights on many pertinent global topics, in both a business and social environment.

The 2017 Summit was an opportunity for Mr. Alain St. Ange, former Minister of Tourism from the Seychelles and Mr. Bernard Metzger Founder of Travelindex to meet.

Alain St.Ange from the Seychelles is one of six candidates contesting the May elections to head the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Armenia, Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, Korea, Seychelles and Zimbabwe are the countries that are in the running with candidates already accepted by the UNWTO Madrid Office. The election will be held on May 12 at the organisation’s headquarters in Madrid, and will be voted on by ministers of tourism from 34 countries.

Bernard A. Metzger, the Founder & Director of Travelindex says: “During the 2017 WTTC Global Summit, Alain informed me, in details, on his plan for the UNWTO Secretary-General’s mandate and I was impressed by his committment, dedication and hard work to make world tourism work for everybody and to make it a force for good.”

Bernard further added: “Alain briefed me also on some of the ‘fake news’ campaigns beeing orchestrated against him and the call by Zambia, on behalf of the African Union, for him to withdraw from the race for Secretary-General of the UNWTO. He confirmed to me that he will not let these tactics affect him but will continued to present ourselves to Member States as the most credible candidate and will continue his campaign through in an ethical and morally upright fashion, right up to the voting day on the 12th of May.”

On the second day of the Global Summit in Bangkok, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the Winners of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The Awards celebrate inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from all over the globe. David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “The Travel and Tourism sector is growing fast, and we have to ensure that this growth does not see short-term gains prioritised over the longer-term health of local environments and communities.”

About the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for global business leaders in travel and tourism comprising the presidents, chairs and chief executive officers of 100 of the world’s foremost companies. It is the only body representing the private sector in all parts of the travel and tourism industry worldwide.

The Worlds Most Travelled Person Joins Travelindex as Brand Ambassador

London (United Kingdom) – March 23, 2017 ( – Fred W Finn, the ‘Worlds Most Travelled Person’ has joined Travelindex as Global Brand Ambassador. Fred Finn is a well-known public figure. A career that involved considerable business travel started his love affair with travel and in particular his well-documented record breaking flights in Concorde. Over some thirty years, he has been employed, involved and engaged with many leading names in the aviation and travel related business and is recognised as a leading figure in the travel industry.

His travel experience and knowledge closely linked to his media and commercial activities enhance and support, all the bespoke travel and tour services provided by leading travel and tour operators. He also provides regularly updated travel tips, advice and destination information to a wider audience.

Honours & Achievements
As the world’s most travelled person he has the distinction of achieving something that no other human being has accomplished. In 1983 his records were ratified by The Guinness Book of Records: Frederick W Finn has flown a total distance of 24,140,160 km (15,000,000 miles) and holds the record for most number of flights as a supersonic passenger having made 718 Atlantic crossings on Concorde.

With related travel this equates to 33 round trips to the moon or 671 circuits of the globe, his record breaking 718 flights in Concorde will never be broken as Concorde reached the end of its commercial life.

Fred is also the Ambassador of Tourism for Kenya, International Property and Hotel Awards Judge, Travel Editor of the International Property and Travel magazine, Chief Inspector for the International Hotel Awards. He has a close following on Trip Advisor with 70,000 readers. He is the Co-Founder of Quicket, No.1 mobile travel APP. Fred is recently the co-founder and director of Exclusivetravel4U, a specialist travel consultancy based in the United Kingdom.

“I am delighted to join Travelindex as Global Brand Ambassador. Travelindex is one of the leading innovators in travel content distribution and discovery with a vision to change how travel is planned and booked by advocating universal and equitable access to information. Destination marketing organisations, hotel groups, airlines and thousand of smaller operators in the tourism sector trust the Travelindex brand as a key contributor to their digital brand strategy.” said Fred.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said “For over 30 years Fred Finn has been involved and engaged with most leading names in aviation and travel and is recognised as a preeminent figure in the travel industry. Fred is not only well-known for his travel records, but he is also seen as a trusted and reliable person. He has always been honest about his findings when making recommendations about flights, destinations, hotels, restaurants and what happens in the tourism industry. I am proud to say that Fred W Finn is working with us at Travelindex.”

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Travelindex is a company focused on developing data-driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill.

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Travelindex Honored with Prestigious Award at 22nd Interstas 2015

travelindex-bernard-metzger-ana-rucner-awards-interstasHong Kong (Hong Kong SAR China) – December 16, 2015 – At the 22nd International Tourism and Cultural INTERSTAS Festival in Solin (Croatia), Travelindex has been awarded the international tourism award, GOLDEN INTERSTAS 2015, for its great contribution to the international promotion of tourism, thus contributing to the development of tourism, and better understanding among nations and people.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, accepted the award on stage from Mr Vojko Plestina, Board President of Interstas and President of the the World Federation of Tourfilm Festival, in front of hundreds of personalities, ambassadors, media and travel industry professionals. He said “I am greatly honored with this award and really excited that we won it. I was a bit stunned when I learned about our nomination and want to express my gratitude to the Interstas Council for recognizing our efforts and achievements in the field of tourism promotion.”

The 22nd Interstas Festival was held under the auspices of the President of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda GRABAR KITAROVIC, the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Tourist Board, World and European Federation of Tourism Journalists FIJET, World Federation of Tourfilm Festival, European Federation for flowers and landscape and with the support from the City of Solin.

Among individual laureates 2015 are: Ana Rucner, cellist, Zagreb, Damir Bajs, prefect of Bjelovar Bilogora County, Mojimir Cacija, composer, choir leader, Sinj, Marijan Duzic, Board president of Svpetrvs Hotels Inc., Supetar, Miro Gavran, playwright, novelist, Zagreb, Rudi Grula, Director of Tourist Board Medimurje, Father Petar Klapez, guardian and manager of the sanctuary and Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Sinj, Karin Mimica, journalist, publicist, Durdica Simicic, director of the Tourist Board of Mali Losinj, Dusko Tambaca, music teacher, choir leader, Split,

Among collective laureates 2015 are: the Alka Society Sinj, Municipality of Sveti Martin na Muri, City Porec-Parenzo, Klapa Cambi Split, Krka National Park, Svpetrvs Hotels Inc. Supetar, Tourism Office of Budva Municipality, Tourist Board of Bjelovar Bilogora County, Tourist Board of Mali Losinj, Tourist Board of Medimurje,  and Airport Osijek.

Photo captions: Bernard Metzger, Founder Travelindex with Mr Vojko Plestina, Board President and Ms. Ana Rucner, World famous cellist, recipient of an award for her outstanding artistic work and contribution to the promotion of cultural tourism.

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Travelindex specializes at the confluence between travel, media and technology. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions generating more revenue. The portfolio of media products include web properties in multiple content verticals, travel review and rating solutions, video distribution channels and a dedicated travel technology framework. With the vision of enabling travel businesses and brands to overcome the huge fragmentation in the online video market, Travelindex is building the world’s leading multi-media platform for engaging audiences and driving higher conversions by unlocking the true potential of online video. Our ecosystem is all about driving revenue and visibility that traditional marketing strategies and partners are unable to deliver,

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Travelindex Launches Global Business Meeting Tool

Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) – August 12, 2014 – has been launched by as a global reference tool for the MICE industry and all travel planners (Meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions).

MICE Directory by Travelindex – More business meetings venues and planners at this Meetings Incentives Convention Exhibition Directory.

A corporate shift towards large-scale business meetings and events has led to fierce competition between destinations, venues and professional conference organizers. Travelindex – with its new MICEdirectory – helps event planners and organizers to contact directly all those involved in organizing a successful event. The directory is well structured and organized into 17 targeted categories and over 60 sub-categories specific to MICE.

All service providers are listed, but Travelindex members in particular are set to enjoy a higher contact and business conversion rate due to a more focused, purposeful audience; travel planners will be browsing through the website with the intention of securing the best venue for their next business meeting. This new directory is a significant addition to Travelindex’s rapidly-expanding eco-system of travel verticals.

“Travelindex is affirming its presence in another major travel sector, Meeting Incentives Convention and Exhibition,” said founder Bernard Metzger. “MICEdirectory has already become a key resource for many MICE professionals and planners worldwide.”

He added: “Our Members offering MICE facilities and services will now gain instant, global exposure and visibility via MICEdirectory.”

MICE is on a significant upward curve as the value in staging business meetings and events has been recognized as a successful tool for promotion, motivation and marketing. These events, which can be used to stage important meetings, reward top performers or entertain clients, generate a buzz and are now seen as a strong financial investment.
Travelindex continues to foster new information technology to harness exponential growth in the online travel sector. As the founder, Metzger, explains, they will continue adding more options and increasing simplicity in corporate travel planning.

“We are working on integrating a RFP (Request for Proposal) facility,” said Metzger. “By sending out a RFP, event planners will be able to complete, in a few clicks, that initial step of planning a successful business meeting or event.”

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Travelindex Media specializes at the confluence between travel, media and technology. We own digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping you create marketing solutions that inspire. Travelindex offers online publication and digital marketing services to the hospitality and travel sectors. Travelindex delivers integrated products and intuitive solutions to increase distribution, drive demand and increase direct revenue streams. The portfolio of media products include travel websites, travel reviews, rating solutions, video distribution channels and a dedicated travel technology framework, all targeting the travel sphere. This gives Travelindex one of the largest and most powerful integrated media platform for travel product distribution and marketing.

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Travelindex Supporting Golf in Africa

Nairobi (Kenya) – October 28, 2013 – The second Kenya Golf Trophy is going from strength to strength. With 159 players, 50 sponsors and 40 prizes worth more than Ksh 5 million the Kenya Golf Trophy 2013 was played at Kenya’s oldest 18 hole Royal Nairobi Golf Club, last Friday 18 October 2013.

golf-africa-kenya-trophy-world-golf-directoryThis year’s event was in support of the Junior Golf Foundation (JGF), which had selected its 4 best players in the order of merit. All 4 were winners! Tahir Mohammed of Nyali Golf & Country Club, playing off handicap 5, won the 20th prize, 2 nights for two at Voyagers Safari Camp, Ziwani.

Mathew Wahome, playing off handicap 4, also of Nyali Golf & Country Club, won the 18th prize with 34 points on count back – 2 nights for 2 at Sarova Whitesands Hotel, Naomi Wafula of Golf Park playing off* handicap 3, 15th prize with 35 points – 2 nights for 2 at Samburu Intrepids Lodge.

15 year old Kush Mediratta, of Sigona Golf Club playing of handicap 5 with 39 points winning the 3rd prize – 1 week Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria in suites and 3 rounds of golf at the Gary Player Signature Golf Course – Home of the Volvo World MatchPlay Championship 2013.

While the Chairman of the JGF proudly collected all the prizes for his juniors, the handicap 2 Ashwin Gidoomal of Muthaiga Golf Club was also invited to come to the podium and collect the 16th prize for himself with 34 points – 2 nights for 2 at Elephant Bedroom Lodge in Samburu.

Also in support of the JGF was an auction of several items, including 3 Multichoice Walkway TV’s, as well as 6 different hotel stays for 2 nights for 2 – all proceeds totaling Ksh 141.000/- was donated to the JGF.

The large Chrystal floating Kenya Golf Trophy, 2 Etihad tickets to any Etihad Airways Destination of the world as well as the Heineken Branded Callaway Golf Bag went to the winner Humphrey Maina Mwangi, from Kiambu Golf Club and invited by Eagle Sponsor DT Dobie, playing of handicap 16, winning on count back with 40 points.

The runner-up was Snehal Patel from Muthaiga Golf Club, invited by Sponsor JCB, playing of handicap 15 with 40 points, also winning 2 Etihad tickets to any Etihad Airways Destination of the world, a Heineken Branded Callaway Golf and a smaller crystal trophy.

The Vice Captain of Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Karim Pisani, playing of handicap 12 won the fourth prize with 37 points on count back – 1 week for two at the 5 star Barcelo Montecastillo Hotel in Jerez Spain with unlimited golf at the 18 hole Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, which hosted the Volvo Masters for 5 consecutive years and the Peugeot Tour for 3.

Drinks were flowing freely courtesy of the Title Sponsor Heineken and Bacardi Spirits, Makkin Wines, Pepsi Sodas, Nestle Coffee and Soraya Mineral Water, while breakfast, lunch and dinner was sponsored by NAS Cuisine.

Other sponsors included Nation Media Group, Mercedes Benz, Copy Cat, Crown Paints, Kenya Tourist Board, Kingsway Tyres, Tribe Hotel, Best Western Hotel, Safari Park Hotel, NIC Bank, Knight Frank, Uchumi, Philips, ERG Security, Meridian Medical Services, Multichoice, JCB, Brancom, Dutch Flower Group, Travelindex Media Group and a host of Kenyan and International Hotels and Restaurants providing the prizes.

Tob Cohen, the Tournament Director thanked all the sponsors, as without their valuable support it would not have been possible to organize Africa’s biggest corporate amateur golf event.

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Travelindex Expands Digital Footprint in ASEAN Region

Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei Darussalam) – October 8, 2013 – Travelindex has launched today, in time for the 23rd ASEAN SUMMIT, its, the first and only integrated travel information resource on all 10 ASEAN countries and their tourism industry. It actively contributes to promote tourism in the ASEAN Region and allows direct, commission-free marketing for all stakeholders. The travel website help businesses across the region to go online and connect with potential visitors and investors in just one click.

asean-summit-2013-asean-tourismThis is the fourth time that Brunei Darussalam has chaired ASEAN, having previously been the Chair in 1989, 1995 and 2001. In 2013, Brunei Darussalam will chair the 23rd ASEAN Summit on 9-10 October 2013.

Brunei Darussalam’s theme for the Chairmanship is “Our People, Our Future Together”. This theme stresses the role of the people in ASEAN Member States in advancing cooperation in the areas of political-security, economic and socio-cultural. It also asserts that the region’s future is dependent on how the people of ASEAN move and work together to ensure progress for the development of the whole region.

Leaders of the 10 Association of South Eastern Countries (ASEAN), as well as China, Japan and South Korea, will be joined by Russia, the US and India in a major regional summit in Brunei in mid-October.

The summit provides a valuable opportunity for leaders to engage on key strategic, political and economic issues of common concern, with the aim of promoting stability and economic prosperity in the region. The meeting comes as ASEAN charts the future for the goal of a common market by 2015 as well as increased tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

ASEAN tourists can experience wild life to city life to snow – capped mountains to dense tropical rainforests; from serene beach life to a bustling city life. No two countries are the same yet their unity is impeccable.

The people of ASEAN live both a simple and complex lifestyle – a sight only to be admired. There are a multitude of ethnic groups inhabiting the region and many still live a traditional way of life. To an outsider, the traditional lifestyle may appear simple, but the cultural traditions, beliefs, attitudes and values are often very complex but suited to their respective environmental situation. In other parts of the region you will witness towering skyscrapers mushrooming in the cities with a dynamic way of life. Be among the privileged to witness the multitude lifestyle in this region.

At launch, is the easiest access portal for researching, comparing and direct connecting with unique and difficult to find travel opportunities in the Asean Region. Instead of spending hours scanning the internet or hundreds of general travel sites, enables users to quickly identify travel opportunities through an easy to navigate interface allowing them to refine their searches according to criteria that matter to them, and quickly connect with resorts, hotels and travel operators in the region. allows users the opportunity to provide reviews and feedback to help others make better, more informed travel decisions.

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Travelindex is a specialized vertical search, information services and e-publishing company serving the travel and tourism communities. Travelindex users benefit from domain-expert search engines and a broad range of proprietary web-based content, helping them search for and locate hotels, destinations, tours and services and access comprehensive content with direct contact and booking links. A dedicated team constantly searches the globe to bring together thousands of unique, undiscovered and sustainable travel opportunities in an easy-to-navigate platform that helps users research, compare and contact directly these unique travel offerings. Travelindex has a team of experts in sustainability, technology, web search, consumer services and social media working to create a world-class research and booking experience. For suppliers, Travelindex offers highly filtered search results and marketing opportunities, product promotion and brand advertising platforms. has been recognized for its unique market approach, product usability, and passionate management team.

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Global Tourism Economy Forum Macau Sets Sights on Future

Macau (Macau SAR) – October 3, 2013 – The second edition of “Global Tourism Economy Forum”, one of the most prominent international events of the year, concluded with tremendous success on 19 September after the three day activities. Over 1,000 delegates and speakers gathered in Macau to seek new development paths for the industry. They came from different countries and cities around the world, including delegations from more than 10 provinces, cities and autonomous regions in Mainland China, with approximately 180 local and overseas media representatives covering the event.

pansy-ho-bernard-metzgerMacau is a UNESCO Heritage city offering the perfect balance of cultural heritage and urban modernity. Billion-dollar investments have transformed Macau into the world’s premier entertainment and leisure destination. Macau Tower is the most iconic landmark in the city offering contemporary business facilities as well as exciting leisure amusements such as the world’s highest commercial bungy jump.

Ms. Pansy Ho, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of Global Tourism Economy Forum, concluded this edition of the GTE Forum, “To maximize the benefit from the continued tremendous growth potential of tourism, we must optimize what we have in terms of hardware and software. Resources should be shared to gain shared or mutual benefits. Creating a system of hubs, which extends to all destinations, with comprehensive transport support network connecting all the touch points, will simplify travel and promote personal mobility. Sharing business resources, be it knowledge, technical know how or human capital, will benefit all the industries in the tourism economy.

Mr. Bernard A. Metzger founder of Travelindex Media Group and of the Travel & Tourism Foundation attended this year’s “Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau held from September 17th to 19th. This massive conference and partnering event brought together over 1,000 delegates from all parts of the world’s travel and tourism industry.

This year for the first time, Travelindex was present as a Media Partner for the event. The event was a success for Travelindex and the Travel & Tourism Foundation with the identification of many partnership opportunities for expansion into Mainland China.

The third edition of the “Global Tourism Economy Forum” will be held once again in Macau next year. The organizer is looking forward to extending the achievements of the first two editions and continuously facilitating its role as an international platform of high end business matching as well as tourism exchange and cooperation, allowing tourism industry partners from Mainland China to fully leverage the Forum as a springboard to achieve more Sino foreign tourism cooperation across industries, sectors and regions, so that the tourism industry can generate unlimited momentum for global economic rebound

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Photo: Ms. Pansy Ho, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of Global Tourism Economy Forum and Bernard A. Metzger, Founder and Chairman of Travelindex Media Group and of the Travel & Tourism Foundation.

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Travelindex Successful Networking at PATA Summit

Bangkok (Thailand) – April 30, 2013 – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has organised its first PATA Annual Summit 2013 in the Thai capital at Centara Grand at Central World Hotel in Bangkok, with the theme of “Embrace the Complete Visitor Economy”. The Summit focused on global issues and advocacy, while PATA CEO Martin Craigs, was stressing the benefits of the ‘visitor economy’ as a formidable force that every government should embrace and nurture.

Taleb-Rifai-UNWTO-Bernard-Metzger-Travelindex-Gloria-Guevara-Minister-Tourism-MexicoFormer Secretary of Tourism, Mexico and G20 pioneer, Ms Gloria Guevara and President of Boeing Southeast Asia and former US Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Ralph ‘Skip’ Boyce, were the keynote speakers. World tourism industry leader Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, emphasized why a holistic, inclusive approach towards the “complete visitor economy” is vital for root and branch socio-economic development.

Ms Gloria Guevara, Former Secretary of Tourism, Mexico and G20 pioneer and Skip Boyce both narrated about their first-hand insights and experience to the complete visitor economy challenge. Many travel industry professionals listened keenly to the insider expertise and they lessons they have learned along the way. It was a Summit of the highest quality that will definitively enhance the perception of the industry.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex and Chairman of the Travel & Tourism Foundation was a participant at the Summit and was impressed by the quality of speakers and the massive networking occasions among peers from the travel industry. Metzger said “The PATA Summit creates unique opportunities for dialogue and exchange of opinions while helping to refresh contacts and hold discussions during face-to-face meetings.”

PATA’s role over the foreseeable future is to lead the industry in raising the profile of travel and tourism, and increasing recognition of, and respect for, the importance and influence of the Visitor Economy and its potential to drive societal development in the region.

Photo from left: Taleb Rifai, Secretary General UNWTO, Bernard Metzger, Founder and Chairman Travelindex and Travel & Tourism Foundation, Gloria Guevara Manzo, Former Secretary of Tourism Mexico and G20 Pioneer.

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